In this issue: undocumented and Asian; skin color bias in preschool; everyday racism against Native Americans; plus race and parenting tools and children’s books.

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Welcome to EmbraceRace, your community of support for raising and mentoring kids in a world where race matters. Thanks to those of you who sent us resources and suggested posts in the past couple weeks. You'll find some of those in this newsletter.

We had a fantastic EmbraceRace Community Conversations session last week and want to thank our guests from IntegrateNYC4Me, youth leaders Matt Diaz and Hebh Jamal and Executive Director Sarah Camiscoli. Shout outs also to those of you who participated and shared your experiences and concerns with how schools are integrating - or, more often, not integrating - in different parts of the country. We will get you the recording, resources and transcript this week. 


Andrew and Melissa

Bearing witness to the insults and injuries of race 

Race is structural and systemic. It's institutional and organizational. And, for EmbraceRace co-founder Andrew Grant-Thomas, it's deeply personal.
3 Reasons Why
Andrew Grant-Thomas, EmbraceRace
[8-minute read]

Video: 1 in 7 Asian immigrants to the U.S. are undocumented, including this DACA recipient

“He's undocumented and Asian. And he wants to come out of the shadows.”
Undocumented and Invisible
[2-minute video]

Racial hierarchy at my son’s pre-school

“Mommy, I wish I wasn’t here. I wish I wasn’t built. ... I want to be white like you. My skin is too dark and I want to be rebuilt into a new boy with white skin.”
I asked my 4-year-old son why he hates daycare, and his answer was heartbreaking
Katie Alicea, The Record Delta
[5-minute read]


Infographic: If life is a game, the game is rigged

“From something as quotidian as commuting times to larger systemic barriers and implicit bias, it is structural racism and White supremacy that have created and continue to create inequities in health, housing, education and beyond. For many people of color, these barriers appear in their day-to-day lives.”
A Day in a Life: How Racism Impacts Families of Color
Living Cities, Medium
[3-minute read]


A mom on the everyday racism she and her family experience as Native Americans

“I find a Black Hills trail guide listing the 7th Cavalry Trail as if it’s fun for people to follow the trail of mass murderers who killed anywhere from 75 to 125 babies, children and women at Wounded Knee in 1890.

“I buy a Happy Meal for my daughter only to find a 7th Cavalry Custer doll inside. She gets upset when I try to explain why I think it belongs in the trash.”
Racism against Native Americans Persists
Evelyn Red Lodge, High Country News
[4-minute read]

The "devil" doesn't need more advocates 

“Most of the time, it’s clear that you actually believe the arguments you claim to have just for the heck of it. However, you know that these beliefs are unpopular, largely because they make you sound selfish and privileged, so you blame them on the “devil.” Here’s the thing: the devil doesn’t need any more advocates. He’s got plenty of power without you helping him.”
An Open Letter to Privileged People Who Play Devil’s Advocate
Juliana Britto-Schwartz, Feministing
[3-minute read]

The New School offers free public course on Race in the U.S.

“This course brings together scholars, experts, thought leaders and activists to examine such issues as racial stratification, implicit bias, and the complex, intersectional relationships between race, gender, and class.” Take online or in person!
Race in the U.S. | A free public course at The New School
The New School, Medium
[4-minute read]

Resources to use with kids


10 books that explore racism, written for teens

“10 YA books are holding a mirror up to the racism in American society, exposing its ugly underbelly, and telling hard truths to arm the next generation with the tools they need to face it.”
10 Young Adult Books That Tackle Racism
Dhonielle Clayton, Paste
[3-minute read]

“Yo soy Muslim”: a book about building resilience

"In one section, he warns his daughter, ‘There are questions this world will ask / What are you / and / where are you from?’” Aimed at 4 to 8-year-olds.
Why This Book About A Proud Muslim Family Is A Must-Read For The 2017 School Year
Tasbeeh Herwees, Good Education
[4-minute read]

Your turn

Thank you for sharing your stories, resources and ideas for this community with us. Reach us at (or simply respond to this email). Find more stories from the EmbraceRace community at our website. 

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